FARM OPEN DAY ORKNEY
Join us this October as we head to Orkney, for a farm open day. Two Stabiliser Multipliers are joining forces to host a joint farm open day. Alan Corrigall and Graham Henry are located just 4 miles apart and both run impressive Stabiliser cattle operations. Tuesday the 24th of October will start with a visit to Alan Corrigall's herd of 200 Stabiliser cows, we will then take a short drive to Father and Son, Graham and Daniel Henry's 140-cow spring-calving herd.
24TH OF OCTOBER
11AM - ALAN CORRIGALL - NORTH BIGGING HERD
North Bigging, Dounby, Orkney, KW17 2HZ
2PM - GRAHAM & DANIEL HENRY - HOWE HERD
Howe Farm, Harray, Orkney, KW17 2JR
If you can attend the farm open day please fill out the form at the bottom of the page.
GET TO KNOW YOUR HOSTS
Our first stop on the 24th of October is with Alan Corrigall. Alan runs a mixed farming enterprise which includes 200 Stabiliser cows, 230 breeding ewes and 100 acres of barley, which mostly goes to feed his fattening cattle.
The herd consists of 150 spring calvers, and 50 autumn calvers, which suits North Bigging’s yard set-up. Stabilisers arrived at North Bigging back in 2014, when a Stabiliser bull was purchased. The goal was to improve calving ease and keep easy-fleshing, quiet cows which produce high-growth-rate calves. However, Alan hasn’t stopped there, over the past nine years the herd has invested in top-quality females, US bloodline embryos and the latest AI. When looking at his herd Alan isn’t worried about driving his cow size down, he wants to keep a strong cow which produces heavy offspring, maximising payments at slaughter.
Over the years the herd has become predominantly Stabilisers, however, a Limousin bull is run on the bottom-end females, which are destined to produce fatstock. By doing this Alan is showing what a Stabiliser cow can achieve when put with a continental sire. We will be fortunate enough to see some of these on our way around, along with pure Stabilisers, fattening cattle, and the breeding herd.
GRAHAM AND DANIEL HENRY
Graham and Daniel Henry are a father-son team that manages Howe farm. The mixed farming operation includes a 140 cow Stabiliser herd which grows 60 acres of barley, used to fatten all home-bred cattle, along with a flock of 200 ewes.
Stabilisers first landed on Howe Farm eight years ago, when a Stabiliser bull was purchased. The purpose of this bull was to improve calving ease, however, added benefits around a tighter calving pattern, and considerably more calves on the ground sold the breed to the Henry’s. Moving forward, focus has been placed on purchasing top-quality, high-performance bulls which will produce a strong, maternal cow, with the capacity to rear quality beef.
The farm tour will entail looking around the re-vamped cattle buildings which will house the 140 cows, with a selection of pure and graded-up cows to see. We will also be able to see the weaned calves, breeding bulls and some fattening stock.
ORKNEY AGRICULTURAL DISCUSSION SOCIETY
For those who are members of the Orkney Agricultural Discussion Society, you are invited to join us on the 23rd of October. We are joining the Society to discuss the efficiencies in suckler cows and looking to the future for suckler farmers. We look forward to seeing you all there. Please contact the Society directly if you require more information on the Orkney Agricultural Discussion Society.
We are trying to produce beef that meets market specification and make the most profit possible. Using Stabilisers we are achieving our objectives, we have a low cost, low labour cow and good quality finishing cattle that meet the needs of the market.- Mel and Pete Momber, Hampshire
I’m excited by the prospects the Stabiliser can deliver for us. The proof was there based on scientific research, backed up by a large gene pool and precise management systems. It seemed the perfect breed for our farming system.- Will Evans, Machynlleth
On weaning in May at 10 mths old the Stabiliser calves were on par with the Blue and Angus calves. These were turned out to grass until early September then housed. This is when I was surprised by the differences between the breeds, the Angus averaged 480kg, the Blues 490kg but the Stabilisers were 530kg.- Robin Talbot, Laois – Ireland
In 2011 we bought 46 Stabiliser heifers plus 3 bulls and sold our 3 Belgium Blue bulls. The results were clear to see, by the time we pregnancy tested our 100 cows later that year. We went from historically having 15% barren cows to only 3% barren in a 9 week mating period.- Jeremy Iles, Gloucester
I have found Stabiliser cows to be very forage efficient. Their ability to put weight on in the summer months means I can save on winter feed costs. This has allowed me to keep more cows on the same resources.- Jono Cole, Cornwall
We have an easy-care system that is as profitable as any other beef enterprise. We benchmark our herd against the AHDB industry figure and we sit comfortably ahead of the top third performers. I believe we are now producing a carcass with the conformation and eating quality consistency that the market wants.- Dan Burling, Cambridgeshire
Docility, feed efficiency tested, easy calving, hybrid vigour, fertility, growth AND carcass traits from highly maternal cattle, what’s not like?- Robin Norrie, Fife
We aim to get most out of grass as possible. The hardy nature of the cattle seems to suit this system very well. Hardly any assistance is required during calving, combined with the excellent calf vigour produce healthy and strong calves which further reduces labour costs.- Llion and Sian Jones, Conwy
We’re over 10 years into our Stabiliser journey, we’re reaping the rewards. Moving to the Stabiliser has been a game changer for efficiency and job satisfaction, allowing us to increase cow numbers on the same area and finishing bulls averaging over 380kgs at 13 months. Our only regret is that we didn’t do it sooner!- Peter and Jackie Storrow, Pembrokeshire
Stabiliser cattle are a specialised suckler beef breed with the added bonus of hybrid vigour. The cattle are multi-trait performance recorded to produce EBV’s, this has a huge positive economical effect on our business. All of this is crucial for us to have a financially improving suckler herd on the farm.- Harri Parri, Llyn Peninsula
We chose the Stabiliser breed for their docility and easy calving traits, but with the added benefit of turning grass into meat. We soon saw all of these traits were true. Our first home bred steers were finished off grass at an average age of 19 months.- Dyfed Roberts, Anglesey
Despite our rainfall, we outwinter our cows on kale, the stabiliser cow will lay down excess fat, and successfully rear her calf. During the winter considerable cost savings are made. By changing to Stabiliser cattle I keep approximately 50% more cows as they only weigh 650Kgs, which meant more beef being produced.- Matthew Cooke, North Devon
We started using Stabiliser bulls 20 years ago. The fertility of the breed has enabled us to calve our own heifers at 24 months and reduce our calving period to nine weeks. This together with their good temperament has encouraged us to increase cow numbers. Consequently, the farm is now producing a lot more kilos of beef.- Edward and Ellis Griffith, Pwllheli
Minimal labour is required at calving time, with easy calving cows and calves up and suckling in no time at all. This gave us the ability to increase our cow numbers with no extra labour. The growth rate of Stabiliser cattle is exceptional, producing high weaning weights whilst converting feed efficiently.- John and Ianto Pari, Gwynedd
We started using stabiliser genetics in 2016, we have not looked back since, they exceeded all our expectations. Changing to stabilisers has enabled us to calve heifers at 2years old with no problems, cows wean a higher percentage of their body weight, we have increased cow numbers without any need for extra labour.- Carys Jones, Camarthenshire